Well it’s been a month since I showed the Blood Red Skies Spitfires so it’s time to show off their opposition, the 109’s. Some call them Me 109’s ( for Messerschmitt) but officially they are Bf’s. Included here are the planes from the base set plus an additional 6 from an expansion pack. That should give me enough planes for the games I want to run.
All the planes are done in a style of the Battle of Britain colour scheme – although not based specifically on ant particular unit/formation. They all have the archetypal yellow nose and tail markings. They are all the E model which again is perfect for games I want to play.
As you can see in the picture above, I have actually done them in 3 slightly different styles. These show on the upper surfaces. I also did not go for a perfectly clean look, the planes do look a little dirty especially the yellows, which come out ok but are not perfectly bright or clean.
Part of that is the wash technique I used to get the black panel lines painted but I like the effect that gives as well. The first four aircraft have speckled two tone grey upper surfaces.
The second four have specific green/grey hard straight lined pattern on the upper surfaces. This was quite a common pattern it seems, and does look good on the table. These also have a difference in the yellow nose marking which does not go right to the canopy.
The last set have just grey upper surfaces. This again works as the wash for the panel lines has left a slight speckling/pattern which looks good to me. It is not as obvious as the others but works.
A couple of the planes had slightly warped wings but nothing which really effects painting or playing with them. I likely could have used the hot/cold water technique to fix them but did not bother in the end. The Decals are again from Miscellaneous Miniatures (www.miscmini.com) and really finish off the models. I recommend them for Decals for the Blood Red Skies models.